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Grateful Dead Live at Zoo Amphitheater on 1985-09-02

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Grateful Dead Live at Zoo Amphitheater on 1985-09-02

Topics Live concert

Bertha-> Greatest Story Ever Told, West L.A. Fadeaway, Mama Tried-> Me & My Uncle, Stagger Lee-> Iko Iko, Minglewood Blues, Ramble On Rose, Hell In A Bucket China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> Women Are Smarter, Ship of Fools, Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> I Need A Miracle-> China Doll-> Around & Around-> Good Lovin', E: Day Job

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Zoo Amphitheater
Location Oklahoma City, OK

Source SBD > MC > C > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN


SBD > MC > C > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN; EAC/SHN by Darryl Hinko


Reviewer: beedub - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2013
Subject: '80's
My buddy says "listen to the '80's, listen to the '80's". So, I TRY to listen to the '80's. I mean, 1980's Grateful Dead is better than anything else available at the time, I'll give you that. But, for me, well, I always end up back in the '70's and before. I like listening to the boys when they were playing the music that made their reputation, not coasting on the reputation that earlier music established.
Reviewer: wlg3 - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 31, 2012
Subject: Don't Need Playin'
I could swear Brent was trying to segue into Don't Need Love before drums. The scat was fun, and the B3 instead of piano on I Know You Rider gave it a different feel. Listening-wise, a decent '85 show overall. Experience-wise, it was nice to see them back on track after the 2 spotty Texas shows. And I suppose it was appropriate that Day Job close out our Labor Day party.
Reviewer: DollarBillS - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2008
Subject: scatting Brent
Definitely Brent scatting during his Minglewood solo. This was not uncommon. I have heard many shows with him doing this. Mostly the blues songs including Red Rooster and so on.

I'm assuming kctomato was at this show for the play by play of Phil's night, but I didn't hear that much more "going off" than usual during Me & My Uncle, but I did hear the bass troubles.

Anyway, good show and recording. Love the '85 boards.
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2007
Subject: OKC rocked
Friggin incredible

'85 sound kicks
great show - end to end...hittin their marks thruout. quality SB. Tea off with this one...Fore!!

and I'll never forget how peed off tour-rats got about the boyz playin DAYJob...funny

Reviewer: Liamfinnegan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 6, 2006
Subject: Am I tripping or did I hear Bobby doing "Scat" during the MInglewood?
During the beginning of the first key board solo in MIngle wood- I thought I heard Bobby doing scat singing- am I tripping or did you hear it too?

Great show by the way
Reviewer: captain_trip_420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 26, 2006
Subject: kctomato is RIGHT
kctomato is RIGHT...

Anyway, about the show...
Homestate Show. The Band is ON!
Pretty DAMN good sounding board. Bertha is rockin', and don't miss the Brent scat during Minglewood. West L.A. rips, Bucket closes out the set Right.
DAMN, this show just rocks from start to finish.
Reviewer: majordomo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 23, 2006
Subject: all to ourselves!
holy smoke! the dead threw a party and only a few showed up. maybe 6 thousand? 8 thousand? what a beautiful thing. i recall this show fondly although it was blistering hot. real casual scene. wish i could download this board---my audience always has sucked.
Reviewer: Driftin N Dreamin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2005
Subject: This show was fun!
I have to agree with Purple Gel. I loved the Phil licks during Uncle. While a previous reviewer seems to dismiss it because of the reasons behind it. My take is that I am not that concerned about why something like that happened, it was always nice to hear a new take on any song, especially one like Me & My Uncle, a song that seldom seemed to change much at all. If it took soundboard problems to bring out something new and quite unique, I say someone needed to sabotage the soundboard more often...LOL . The Aiko is really nice, especially coming out of another New Orleans song, Stagger Lee. This was a really nice show, and a wonderful late summer afternoon at the Zoo.
Reviewer: David Bolewski - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 28, 2005
Subject: Caution: Slippery when wet
This show is wet to the touch.'Ramble on Rose' The band really gets the gist of it on this version also 'Bucket'is strong.Playin jam goes to some interesting places like so many 85 version but this one the boys suddenly turn into the chamber orchestra at the end of it delivering some very fine melodic lines.Xylophones are light speed and involved.these spaces from KC and Rocks are so disturbing and haunted that they would frighten Marilyn Manson. 4 for sound quality and 4 for playing
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 15, 2005
Subject: Sweet 1985
They were firing on all cylinders - Listen to Jer really reach for the high notes in Set I, Stagger Lee, Mwood is very hot, Ramble on Rose - These are all played when he is on... This is a great place to see a show and I have no doubts it was hopping this Sep night nearly 20 years ago.
Reviewer: kctomato - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 14, 2005
Subject: Phil Jams because...
Yes Phil was going off during Me and My Uncle. He was doing so for a reason. One of his speakers was blown. He was trying to get HP's attention drawn to it so he was purposely overdriving it.

He started to play the upper registers so it would drive the speakers and HP could climb around on the left side speaker tower and find the right cabinet.

Phil was disgusted by the sound and seemed really annoyed. When he finally got HP's attention drawn to it and he started to stress the cones which thrilled the crowd by Phil "going off". Phil just looked at HP and shook his head in disgust as if to say "they'll cheer anything!". He then laughed and made the best of it by hamming it up. Garcia was giving Phil the stare down over the eyeglasses and grinning. In this SDB you can hear that best at about 2 minutes into the song when it really rasps out that speaker.

HP identified it and it was disconnected.

Seemed I recall Bob had some equipement problems too.
Reviewer: Purple Gel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2005
Subject: Phil jams Me & my Uncle
Very nice show. What a treat to see Jerry power in to Aiko after stagger lee, seeming to take the rest of the boys by surprise. Check out Phil in the break of Me & My uncle, he goes nuts. Very good second set too, with Playin & China Doll as highlights. I had a very airy sounding aud tape of this show, and still played it a lot, It is so nicce to have a great sounding copy now, i love this show.This was one of my favorite venues for the early eighties, and the boys always seemed to be happy to be there. It seemed to always be one of the top shows of the midwest/Rocky Mtn outdoors summer tours.
Reviewer: rioblanco - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2004
a great, fun and sizzlin' show from the summer '85 tour. the dead arrive in okc like an F5 torndado and take off with a ferocious fury that starts strong and doesn't let up. it's been my experience since listening to and collecting the dead for almost forty years that most any show that starts with "bertha" is gonna be an ass kicker. this one passes the test and then some. hot, hot playing by everyone with strong phil and tremendous mydland. listen to mydland scat sing during his solo on "minglewood". garcia and the rest of the boys are cookin' and enjoyin' the ride! the dead always played great shows, often overlooked until dick's picks 19, in oklahoma city. here's another one. a must have from '85.
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